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Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby  

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The WildKat Ltd Electric Guitar is a wild guitar with a lot to catch the fancy of all kinds of players: chrome Vibratone tailpiece for vintage detail, flamed maple top for gorgeous looks, and 2 Alnico... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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The WildKat Ltd Electric Guitar is a wild guitar with a lot to catch the fancy of all kinds of players: chrome Vibratone tailpiece for vintage detail, flamed maple top for gorgeous looks, and 2 Alnico V P-90s for hot-rodded tone. Maple neck, rosewood fretboard, mahogany sides and back, and body and neck binding complete the WildKat Electric Guitar. Case sold separately.

Epiphone is a leader in archtop design and has been since the 1930's . An early pioneer in archtops even before they were electrified, Epiphone was never afraid to do something out of the ordinary. With no notable changes in archtop design by anybody in decades, Epiphone took the archtop and practically married it to a solid body guitar. The Wildkat now takes its place among their all-time great designs.

Features Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
  • Body material: Laminated
  • Top wood: Maple
  • Body wood: Maple
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: SlimTaper D
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: P-90R
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: P-90T
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, master volume, master tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Bigsby B70
  • Tuning machines: Grover
  • Color: Nickel
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Body finish
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China
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Review Snapshot

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EpiphoneWildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby
 
4.5

(based on 64 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (18)
  • Good feel (16)
  • Good pick up (16)
  • Good tone (16)
  • Solid electronics (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (18)
  • Practicing (15)
  • Recording (11)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I'm A Believer,

I was first attracted to this guitar by its cool, retro looks but was concerned about the actual quality. After all, it's one of those second rate, Chinese made Epiphones. You know,...Read complete review

I was first attracted to this guitar by its cool, retro looks but was concerned about the actual quality. After all, it's one of those second rate, Chinese made Epiphones. You know, nothing but a cheap, flimsy Gibson wanna-be, right? Well, I'm here to tell you, that after doing some research on the Gibson Qingdao factory that produces nothing but Epiphones to Gibson QA specs and then actually handling this guitar at the store, I decided on the Antique Natural and bought it on the spot because It's absolutely gorgeous!

The fit and finish is second to none. The color of the maple top is a rich, honey blonde. The back is a light, almost orange mahogany. The binding tying them together is perfect in every way and the clear finish IS perfectly clear and flawless. The neck has a great feel. Again, the neck binding is perfect and there are no sharp fret edges. The rosewood fretboard has a consistent, dark, rich color and the D shape neck profile is very comfortable.

The hardware appears to be good quality as well. The licensed Bigsby has no casting flaws and the chrome is bright and smooth. It has a smooth, solid feel with no clicks or rattles. The Grover tuners turn nicely and hold tight. The pickup switch is crisp and the pots have a nice resisted feel to them.

I replaced the strings with Ernie Ball Super Slinky 9's, oiled the fret board and performed a quick setup, making very minor adjustments to the action and neck relief. I stretched the strings, tuned her up and found the intonation to be dead on!

Once plugged in, there is no hum and I experienced no annoying feedback whatsoever. The Epiphone "designed in USA" P90's sound great and are more than adequate, however if I considered any mod's it might be upgraded pup's but that's only because I'm a tinkerer by nature and honestly, I'm in no hurry.

All in all, this is a great guitar and if it had Gibson USA stamped into the headstock I would have paid twice as much and still thought I got a super deal. Bottom line is if you want a great looking, nice playing, affordable guitar, RUN OUT AND BUY A WILDKAT!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Looking..but has some problems

Pros: Gorgeous to look at, Sweet Tone, Bigsby Tremolo(licensed) Cons: Look too hard at the Trem & its out of tune, feedback when its overdriven. Be prepared to have to...Read complete review

Pros: Gorgeous to look at, Sweet Tone, Bigsby Tremolo(licensed) Cons: Look too hard at the Trem & its out of tune, feedback when its overdriven. Be prepared to have to make some adjustments to it. I have owned two..the first arrived with a crack in the finish between the F hole and the P90..the second arrived with loose connections at the input jack. Epiphone needs to step up their quality control.

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(87 of 97 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great Looking..but has some problems

By Formula420

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

Pros: Gorgeous to look at, Sweet Tone, Bigsby Tremolo(licensed) Cons: Look too hard at the Trem & its out of tune, feedback when its overdriven. Be prepared to have to make some adjustments to it. I have owned two..the first arrived with a crack in the finish between the F hole and the P90..the second arrived with loose connections at the input jack. Epiphone needs to step up their quality control.

(44 of 46 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Blues/Rockabilly Dream!

By Dababy

from Wooster, OH

Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

This axe can do it all! I wanted a new "old" sound and I love the tones this 'Kat produces. It is perfect for rockabilly/classic country, and blues. The pickups are pretty good for a guitar in this price range, producing any sound from smoky blues to harsh twang. I raised the magnets on mine because I like more "bite" to my tone. The neck is comfortable and solid, which helps with sustain. I love the Bigsby - you can't get that sound with a whammy bar. Some intonation problems might arise if you use the trem a lot like I do. I corrected mine by adding a roller bridge and a graphite nut, (it comes with a plastic nut - standard for a value priced axe), but using medium guage strings should take care of any problems if you aren't hard on the trem. Also - I thought the factory set the action awful close. I learned on acoustics so I raised it some for my own playing style. It looks great, sounds excellent and I would definately recommend this guitar to anyone I know.

(31 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Must Have

By Music=Life

from Southern California

Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

The wildkat is my favorite guitar, no question (I've got a couple of fenders). Clean, the P-90s sound nice and smooth with a little bite and just scream through a good overdriven amp. The Kat is pretty versatile, anywhere from smooth jazz to the dirtiest of rock sounds it sounds GREAT. However it does get some pretty wicked feedback when played really overdriven but that comes with the territory when you've got a semi-hollow. I've got to tell how beautiful this thing is. The pictures don't do it justice. I've got a black one and people are always telling me how great it looks. The Bigsby is also pretty distinctive, I don't use it much but its good to know its there. Anyway the Kat is probably one of the best buys out there, I would have paid a lot more for one. For this price you can't miss it.

(22 of 69 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Wildkat Purrs...

By The Lion King

from Charlotte, NC

Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

"Slinking down the alley way on a Halloween Night" - This Wildkat is on the mysterious prowl loaded with curiosity, intrigue, and enchantment... His master volume, coupled with individual pickup volume sets his purrs apart through a rainbow of tonal expressions - most suitable for driving rockabilly, country twang, tasteful blues, and smokey jazz. This "Kat" gets his retro good looks courtesy of a Bigsby licensed tremolo, two P-90 pickups, and a chrome "Epiphone" name plate, which distinctly marks his headstock. The "Kat" flaunts his elegance with bounded "F-holes," and a killer maple top. His fret work is immaculate, enabling him to navigate acrobatic jazz runs, pedal steel-like bends, and shimmering chords. So mark your territory with this "Kat" by your side, as you both saunter deep into the moonlit night - exploring music of passion, grace, and fire...

(16 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Purrrrrrrfect, old school tone and bite

By Artemio "Ace" Arciaga

from Baltimore, MD

Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

I just love this guitar. me and my dad (god rest his soul) spotted this guitar and we fell in love with it. the tone, versatility, and the feel was just beautiful. so when i got graduation money, i was able to get it. and it has been my main squeeze ever since. i locked the bigsby tight cause i vibrato with my hands but this guitar is perfect for blues, rocks out, can get really sensual, and even make you cry. whatever you want, this guitar will do it for you.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Goto Guitar

By JoeW

from Tampa, Fl

Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

I've had my WildKat for over a year now and it's the only guitar that I pick up anymore. I own 2 Gibson LPs (67 and 73) and as much as I love playing them, I still only gig with the Epi. Lots of tone, from the classic single coil at lower volumes to a great big growl when you push the amp. This is the best $$$ that I've spent in years.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great sounding guiatr

By player

from chicago, illinois

Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

Beautifully made guitar. Perfectly straight neck and great fret work so it plays very nicely. The sound is very clear and has great presence. Really nice sound with fast picking african style playing. Chords sound balanced and punchy. Sounds great with effects. I was having serious tuning problems so I put on a roller bridge and a graphite nut and now it's great. Over all a super nice guitar with a unique tone. The P-90 pickups rip on this guitar. Price is fair even with the small amount of money added for the mods.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best 300.00 dollar guitar ever /

By THOMAS MAURO

from Windsor , Vermont

Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

NOW I KNOW WHY EVERY EPIPHONE DEALER CAN NOT KEEP THESE IN STOCK AND YOU NEVER SEE ONE FOR SALE . This guitar straight from the factory is ready to rock [perfect]! I have been playin guitar for over 40 years pro- this axe amazes me , the hardware alone is worth the money. Its down rite beautiful and a joy to play . Every time I pick it up it is in tune and I 'll tell ya I put 12 to 14 hours a day picken , my guitars work hard . If a guitar is alot of trouble I just get rid of it .This guitar will fill every genre of music ,it screams when you want it too and mellows out for jazz . There are alot of guitars for this price out there . this epipy you won't beat . all the best

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Love the guitar.....BUT

By Don Thompson

from Escondido, CA

Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

I had watched this guitar for sometime. It dropped to 349.00 and Guitar Center had sent me a 20% off coupon in my e-mail. Knowing that Epiphone does not particpate in promotions, I put it in my "Cart" anyway. It rejected the discount so I called customer service and the rep applied a significant discount to the guitar-$319.00 including Cali sales tax. Advice to shoppers..always call customer service, GC has always worked with me. The guitar arrived packed securely. Right out of the box, it played nicely, action was a might high for me. I played it as is for a couple of days. Noticed a distortortion even when not plugged in. Found the bridge pickup had a stripped screw and was loose, rattling against the body. Pulled the strings to change them and noticed a small "divot" or chip out of the fret board behind the 12th fret. In bright light, the frets looked to be half dressed, polished on the treble side and crowned on the bass side.The bell plate screw heads were chewed up, and when I went to pull them, and it took considerable force to get them out.(I think someone on the Epi assembly line is not drilling pilot holes). I performed a few fixes on the guitar and didn't feel like sending it back. I just about returned it. If it hadn't been such a great deal, and it is dripping with great vibe. I have an Epiphone LP Goldtop that is flawless, so I don't think the company is at fault.I believe one guitar slipped by. I used it live this weekend at it preformed nicely. Not being a hollow or semihollow player, I was not accustom to the inherent sympathetic overtone that the body provides. I hit a note at the end of a song that is supposed to sustain , and half way throught the sustain, it took off on an overtone that wasnt a divisible of the sustaining note, so it took off on a note in another key as it were. I will have to get used to that kind of thing. The Bigsby is tight and for me, un-usable, and a drag to string up. Here is the deal, I know this seems like a negative review, and all of these things being said, I will probsably keep the Wildkat. It has a large round neck and plays like a tank.It is a great looking guitar and in the end, it sounded and played great this weekend. Most of the time I played with both pickups selected and the neck pickup rolled back about 10%.The songs I used it on were dynamically soft picking to raging large driven rhythm. For more greasy driven songs I will use a differnt guitar. Thanks again GC Customer Service..

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent. Now my Main Axe

By Robert

from Ocean City, MD

Site Member

Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

I've been a pro for over 50 years. I own many expensive guitars. However today, you don't need to spend a lot of money to get a great playing and sounding guitar. This Epi Wildkat is proof. You may have to try a few as inexpensive guitars may require you to play a few before you find one that is just right. This guitar is on the small side, and is a bit heavy but the sound is great. It has a real edge to it. the playability is wonderful. Whenever I try a guitar I always see how easy it is to play a barred F7th in the first position. Can I hear every note clearly? Must I exert a lot of pressure or not? An easy F7 shows me this guitar has the right feel for me. The guitar has perfect tonation at the 12th fret. I now use it 3 gigs a week. I'm in love. My opinion of Epiphone has changed dramatically.

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